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Richard Sanderson

Linear Obsessional is a label for free digital recordings, and limited edition physical runs of experimental and improvised music by musicians from around the globe.



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Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Kamura Obscura
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For her first album for Linear Obsessional, the Japanese vocalist and electronics player, and former member of Frank Chickens presents a collection of extraordinary tracks all recorded live. From freaky and extraordinary voice-modulated improvisations to oddly affecting eco-surreal chansons, this is a wonderful introduction to the witty and bizarre world of this singular artist. credits released November 28, 2016  1 to 5: Kamura Obscura solo live from 2013 to 2016  Atsuko Kamura (Vocal,...
Topics: Kamura Obscura, Japan, Noise, improvisation, experimental
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Various Artists
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Linear Obsessional's third annual "open access" release is built around a simple premise - open your window and record two minutes of what you can hear. Interacting with it live if you wish, or editing and processing the recordings later.  From this concept has emerged this 85 track, 2 hour 50 minute compilation of extraordinary recordings from all over the world. The download also includes a 62 page booklet of detailed notes, photographs and an essay. credits released December 24,...
Topics: field recordings, global, experimental, improvised, window, linear obsessional
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by Nada
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this beautifully recorded collection of free improvisations by Nada. Nada is the duo of Roger Mills - Trumpet and Hervé Perez - alto sax. The improvisations that make up "Mirror Image" are revelatory, as both musicians explore a huge range of sonic textures through extended technique, and make for a fascinating and engrossing listen as they search out their common ground. Interestingly although both musicians had played together via internet...
Topics: free improvisation, trumpet, saxophone, nada, Linear obsessional
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by Various Artists
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The fourth of Linear Obsessional's annual "Open Access" compilations of tracks exactly two minutes long. This time the theme was the human voice.  112 tracks from around the globe exploring all manner of approaches to the sounds of the "first instrument"  "....The results are here- an astonishing 112 tracks, that's 3 hours and 44 minutes. Itself a pretty sobering statistic. As before, tracks have come from all around the world, from musical and non-musical friends,...
Topics: compilation, experimental, voice, utterances, linear obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Duncan Goddard
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"Electrical Tape" is an album of music for the Mellotron, composed and performed by Duncan Goddard of Radio Massacre International. Notes- Outside of folk music, very few instruments carry as much cultural baggage as the Mellotron. In the same way pipes and drums instantly evoke Scotland, an accordion Paris, pan-pipes South America, so the strange tones of the Mellotron instantly bring you to the 1970s and particularly progressive rock and German experimental rock. This connection may...
Topics: mellotron, prog, radio massacre international, duncan goddard, drone, kosmiche, cosmic,...
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by C. Reider
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A while back, Frans de Waard said in a review of my music published in his Vital Weekly that, perhaps he had been "clouded by ill-judgement" in that he had been under the impression that I was just "one of the drone boys". I was a little amused by this because, aside from my association with Drone Forest, I had (up until that time) never actually put out much music under my name that could really be categorized as pure drone music. Drones have been an important touchstone in...
Topics: experimental, drone, noise, minimal, electronic, C.Reider
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by Project Mycelium
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The second EP by this adventurous and recondite duo from Hackney, London is also their first physical release. "Pyramiden" is a series of short, severe textural pieces created entirely with the sounds of water and steel (and in a way is almost unintentional follow up to The Black Path).Enveloping and fascinating it deserves be heard, loud, through proper speakers.
Topics: steel, water, electro-acoustic, experimental, drone, noise, Hackney, London, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Longstone
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Seeing as Longstone's album "Risaikuru" was built around the theme of recycling and renewal, it seems more logical than usual to produce an album of remixes.  The Linear Obsessional artists asked to contribute have come up with a series of radical remixes of the original material - putting the sources through kaleidoscopic transformations, additions, subtractions and reconfigurations that enhance the power and beauty of "Risaikuru", whilst re-imagining the landscapes evoked...
Topics: remix, longstone, c.reider, richard sanderson, peter marsh, iris garrelfs, dave clarkson, duncan...
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by Plastiglomerate / boringcharlie.
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Split CD from two young experimental artists from Teesside, UK. Plastiglomerate makes dense washes of sound using processed lo-tech analogue equipment - enveloping and engrossing studies in process and decay, using the rejected technology of previous decades.  boringcharlie. makes oddly detached keyboard music reminiscent of classical exercises or even a lounge pianist, as re-imagined by a under-programmed computer.  "Much beauty could be found in the physical world, with all its...
Topics: experimental, Middlesbrough, electronic, Teesside, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Mike Cooper
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this album of two recent pieces by the legendary British folk/blues/world/avant garde guitarist Mike Cooper.  "Forbidden Delta Planet Blues" is a long form work built from over lapping loops and featuring some beautiful Hawaiian style slide guitar.  "The Pain Was Bad, But The Tuna Good" is a spellbinding live solo performance recorded at London's 100 Years Gallery. "Forbidden Delta Planet Blues" is a solo for a steel...
Topics: Mike Cooper, slide guitar, avant garde, loops, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Dave Clarkson
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this atmospheric work by Dave Clarkson, inspired by childhood memories.  "Music for Lighthouses  Early fires built on hilltops.....an entrance marker to ports. Beacons illuminated via wood and coal. Illumination with smokeless flame.....  Leasowe lighthouse (located on the North Wirral foreshore, NW England) is the oldest brick built lighthouse in Britain. It stands one hundred and one feet tall and was used to guide ships into the entrance to...
Topics: Linear Obsessional, electronics, field recordings, lighthouse, experimental
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by c.reider
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Linear Obsessional is proud to present "Tape Loops" - the fruit several months labour by the Colorado based composer c.reider. Getting deep into the process and working with thrift-store cassettes he uses a number of radical techniques to create his tape loops, including lengthening the tape, shredding it , making new tapes from tiny fragments and reassembling them.  The resulting piece is a haunting and mesmeric meditation on the texture of sound recorded on magnetic tape and is one...
Topics: tape loops, c.reider, linear obsessional, experimental
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by Iris Garrelfs
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this unique new work by the composer and sound artist Iris Garrelfs- "Bedroom Symphonies Bedroom Symphonies is an album of eight compositions made from voice practice sessions during a number of tours and residencies. So, imagine me sitting on a hotel bed, or friendâs sofa, laptop on the night table with a head microphone plugged straight into it and you wonât be too far from reality. As the practice microphone wasnât exactly the best on the...
Topics: iris garrelfs, linearobsessional, vocal, experimental, avant garde, electronic, processed voices
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Solaris
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Solaris was formed by Mark Sanderson, Richard Sanderson and Mark Spybey as young krautrock fans in Teesside in 1974, when they were aged 12 and 13. As the members grew up through post-punk, electronic music and free improv they have remained friends and still occasionally record together. These sessions were produced my Mark Spybey in Northumberland in 2010 and 2012 during the Summer holidays, and although the musicians have matured in the intervening decades, the influences of those original...
Topics: Teesside, improv, post-punk, experimental, Linear obsessional, krautrock
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Steve Beresford, Anna Homler, Richard Sanderson
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This album is a high quality live recording of an improvised performance recorded in Berlin in 2003. The trio of Californian experimental vocalist Anna Homler and British free improvisers Steve Beresford and Richard Sanderson first met at the Copenhagen Festival of Experimental Music in 1999 in a concert of "Toys 'n' Noise" put together by the toy player Martin Klapper. They have continued to play together whenever possible and have played at the London Musicians' Collective...
Topics: improv, free improvisation, toys, steve beresford, richard sanderson, anna homler, experimental,...
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by Dirch Blewn
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For his second album for Linear Obsessional, Dirch Blewn (AKA South London electronicist David Bloor) produces one of the strangest and most arcane and compelling albums we've released. With several tracks recorded whilst camping in the countryside, featuring resonating gongs, cymbals and road signs, his own instruments and ample interventions from surrounding wildlife.  Despite the detailed notes about the tracks in the accompanying PDF booklet, the impression remains of eavesdropping on some...
Topics: experimental, field recordings, Dirch Blewn, improvisation, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Paco Rossique
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Linear Obsessional launches back into action with this evocative and hallucinatory album of new sound works by the Canary Islands based artist Paco Rossique. Created from treated field recordings and the unique timbres of the prepared piano - "Collages & Dispersions" is a wonderful piece of work that rewards many listens. The download comes with a PDF of texts and extraordinary images by the artist. A very limited physical edition is available from http://linearobsessional.org
Topics: field recordings, prepared piano, Canary Islands, Paco Rossique, experimental, linear obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Pete Flood
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A collection of brilliantly eclectic instrumental electronic works by the British instrumentalist and composer Pete Flood, probably best known as the drummer in UK folk powerhouse Bellowhead. "Mycoworld" is beguiling, baffling and wonderful. "Fungi are just the visible fruitbodies of a larger underground organism. I don't understand what goes on underneath the leaf litter. I like to think of the invisible, thread-like mycellium spreading through the soil, forging connections with...
Topics: mushrooms, fungi, bellowhead, pete flood, linear obsessional, experimental
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by The Original Beekeepers
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Linear Obsessional presents the new album from English underground pop mainstays The Original Beekeepers, who have been releasing low-level works of sardonic pop genius for the best part of 30 years.  "How The River Runs Dry" is a collection of interconnected songs that piece together a story set in British suburbia. Featuring dryly humorous lyrics and the kind of intricate arrangements (including a brass section and guest vocalists) for which the band has become known, this album,...
Topics: The Original Beekeepers, London, English Pop, Pop, Linear Obsessional, Suburbia
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Paul Wady
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A soundtrack to the J G Ballard short story. Linear Obsessional's first release of synthesizer music (but our second of music related to the work of JG Ballard see LOR010), Paul Wady's haunting and austere work took something like 30 years to reach fruition. Finally recorded in 2009 "The Terminal Beach" is as strange, emotionally void and as powerfully compulsive as its subject matter "I found many ways out of this nihilistic world of the early 80s. But it left me with a great...
Topics: Electronic, JG Ballard, synthesizer, experimental
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by raxil4
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sounds.  As a prelude to a forthcoming physical release, Linear Obsessional presents a download only longform release by South London electronic project raxil4 (the solo project of Andrew Page). Luminous, organic, expanding and immersive sounds.  ​
Topics: drone, electronics, noise, raxil4, Andrew Page, LinearObsessional, London, Longform
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by Mike Adcock
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Here at Linear Obsessional you may have noted we have a fondness for squeezeboxes and free improvisation, which is why we jumped at the chance to release an album by the amazing British accordionist Mike Adcock (once of Accordions Go Crazy amongst others). "Accord" is a collection of improvised duets with a series of musicians - and is wonderful showcase for Mike's sensitivity as an improviser and his wonderful musicality as a accordionist. Each track features Mike Adcock on piano...
Topics: accordion, free improvisation, duets, duos, experimental, Linear Obsessional, Mike Adcock
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by Ian MacGowan
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this daring and extraordinary solo album by the acclaimed Irish trumpeter Ian MacGowan (previously known as Ian Smith). Windmap is 40 minutes of improvisation recorded at the musician's home - a bravura performance in which MacGowan runs the instrument through a an amazing sequence of techniques exploring every aspect of the possibilities of sound production - from virtuosic upper register flurries with mute, extreme lower register rumbles and...
Topics: free improvisation, solo improvisation, trumpet, flugelhorn, Ian MacGowan, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Browne/Thompson/Sanderson
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In May 2014 the London based improvisers Daniel Thompson (guitar) and Richard Sanderson (melodeon- a diatonic button accordion) travelled to a Guides' Hall in Aylesbury to meet up with saxophonist and collector of objects Mark Browne. The plan was to record music, although the trio had never before played together. Download includes a PDF booklet of photographs with an essay. A physical edition is available from http://www.linearobsessional.org The result is "The 1926 Floor Polish...
Topics: free improvisation, Mark Browne, Daniel Thompson, Richard Sanderson, Guitar, Melodeon, improv,...
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by Sam Fendrich
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Linear Obsessional is proud to release the third album of music by the effervescent composer Sam Fendrich- The Unquestioned Answer - Notes This is a compilation of some shorter electronic pieces completed in the not too distant past. T. 1,2,3 HMHC (the Henry Miller Horn Concerto) Another in an obsessive series concerning "Man versus Machine" "Machine Versus Machine" ' "and they said futurism is a thing of the past" ' T4 "Urp" A joyous ode to the digestive...
Topics: maximalist, jazz, classical, compostion, linear obsessional, sam fendrich, piano, electronics
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by Sam Fendrich
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I'm always excited to present new work by the Siberian born British composer Sam Fendrich. "Blue Tears"​ is his most visceral, compelling and direct work to date. ​ "Dear Richard As is no doubt obvious to you, “Blue Tears” is in some respects, a new ‘compositional’ approach for me in the following sense. Whilst the ‘style’, ‘techniques’ etc of “Blue Tears” figure as elements in many of my pieces here they are presented ‘raw’ ie divested of the other...
Topics: keyboards, blues, distortion, electronics. sam fendrich, linear obsessional, piano
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by John Bisset
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"Van Quixote" consists of the soundtracks to a number of short films made by the British improvising guitarist John Bisset. Available as a download, or as a double disc set complete with a DVD of all the films. The films can be seen here . '…thus wrapped up in agreeable delusions, and hurried on by the strange pleasure he took in them, he hastened to put in execution what he so much desired.' (Don Quixote, part 1 chapter 1) When I was sixteen I ran away from home, with a copy of...
Topics: john bisset, improv, experimental, guitar, film, field recordings
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by Ben Glas
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This is the 4th release in Linear Obsessional's Cassette Imprint.  "This record is a collection of psychoacoustic and experiential aural pieces composed without a teleological result in mind. Together these pieces comprise an archive of my personal experimentations within the frameworks minimalism, relativism and Gestalt theory principles. What I sought to compose was not necessarily limited to a sonic experience; with these works I was seeking to explore expanded forms of hearing,...
Topics: minimalist, conceptual, experimental, drone, Ben Glas, composition, Linear Obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Tasos Stamou and Adrian Northover
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In the second in a series of duo releases, Linear Obsessional brings together Greek improvisor and circuit bender Tasos Stamou with UK free saxophonist Adrian Northover for a series of short interactions. Playful and sometimes startling these pieces run through a surprising series of atmospheres and moods, from modal drone explorations, to far-out collisions of brittle electronics and circular breathing crescendos. Adrian Northover- Alto and Soprano Saxophones Tasos Stamou - Prepared Zither,...
Topics: saxophones, electronics, circuit bending, digital horn, free improv, improvisation, duos, Linear...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Sergey Vandyshev & Denis Sorokin
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this spare and engrossing album by two experimental musicians from St Petersberg, Russia - Denis Sorokin and Sergey Vandyshev. Sorokin plays the electric guitar whilst Vandyshev works with Pure Data. The scintillating music on this album works with the contrast between Sorokin's essentially melodic and understated guitar work and the mutating noise and sound masses created by Vandyshev. The electronics mould themselves around the plangent plucks of...
Topics: Pure Data, electronics, electric guitar, improvisation, noise, drone, Linear Obsessional
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New work from the Manchester based recondite electronicist and field recorder Dave Clarkson, and like his last acclaimed album for Linear Obsessional "Music for Lighthouses" (and indeed like all his recent work!) "A Red Guideto the Coastal Quicksands of the British Isles" is another sombre meditation on coastline Britain. This one using bleak, enveloping field recordings from various coastal locations, infused with unsettling yet eerily beautiful electronics.  Clarkson's...
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Topics: field recordings, electronics, experimental, coastline, UK, Dave Clarkson, Linear Obsessional
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by Viv Corringham
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present a new solo album by the British vocalist Viv Corringham. On "Gum and Butts" Viv returns to London (she's now based in New York) and records in six unique sonic spaces, responding and reacting to the environment in real time. The result is a spellbinding mix of evocative field recordings and dazzling, "extended technique" vocalising. . released 20 October 2013 Notes- "This is a collection of live vocal improvisations with the...
Topics: improv, experimental, field recordings, viv corringham, linear obsessional, vocal, extended...
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by NE Trethowan
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NE Trethowan is an electronic musician who lives in Tampere, Finland. Grammostola is an exquisite collection of his works. His music is often full of dense resonances and fleeting miasmic textures- evocative, gripping and very beautiful. " I'd hope that it conveys some sense of subtle complexity - albeit neither necessarily in an expressive nor a representational sense. I'd also hope that it suggests some distance from active human composition and authorship. Possibly something like the...
Topics: finland, electronic, tampere, NE Trethowan, granular, experimental, linear obsessional
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Chris Cundy and Benedict Taylor
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Linear Obsessionalis delighted to present this beautifully recorded collection of intimate duos from Chris Cundy (bass clarinet) and Benedict Taylor (viola)  "These eight duos were recorded at the chapel of Francis Close Hall. It’s a space I’ve been familiar with for close to twenty years now, providing me with a home for various musical collaborations, concerts and recording sessions. Recorded by music archivist and friend Chris Trent the results give a close account of how the bass...
Topics: free improvisation, Linear Obsessional, bass clarinet, viola
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by Bruce Hamilton
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LO is excited to present this extraordinary collection of evocative and hallucinogenic works by the US composer Bruce Hamilton. "Drams" is a collection of sound works held together by connections to notions of dreaming. While many of the pieces are, in a sense, ambient, whether from the presence of drones or use of field recordings, my intent was more to create a kind of animated presence- a surreal and vivid soundscape. Some of these works were the result of participation in online...
Topics: ambient, acousmatic, electronic, experimental, bruce hamilton, linear obsessional, microtonal
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by Jude Cowan Montague
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4 improvisations by SE London based improviser and composer Jude Cowan Montague. Free Download comes with PDF Booklet of photos, notes and artwork. I always thought I would return but so far this hasn't happened. Yet my experiences of singing in the Mingkabau dialect of Sumatra Barat have survived and transmuted into strange audio patterns that I carry around inside. This album consists of improvisations looking at these memories of songs with their mis-remembered words and melodies. Each track...
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Topics: experimental, composition, synthesizer, vocal, Sumatra
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by Jude Cowan Montague and Steve Layton
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These sound poems were created after four series of photographs by Jason Larkin and put together for 'The News Agents' on Resonance FM in early 2014. Readings were initially recorded in Montague's home studio before being sent to Layton for their acoustic treatment. credits Jason Larkin is a British photographer, internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. His immersive process and slower approach to journalism...
Topics: poetry, photography, jude cowan montague, steve layton, experimental, experimental
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by Mark Wastell
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to release this extraordinary solo EP of a tam-tam performance by Mark Wastell, one of the founders of the "New London Silence" movement, and a truly original presence on British improvised music scene.  "During late October 2006, Burkhard Beins and myself has been invited to undertake a short tour, entitled 'Minimal Percussion', organised by film maker and sound recordist David Reid. We presented solo and duo material at each concert. The solo...
Topics: improvisation, percussion, minimal, Mark Wastell, London
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by Alex Charles
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The recordings in this release are all of items that are usually powered by electricity - a Casio keyboard, a Korg midi controller, a Fender electric guitar, a digital camera, and an Xbox controller. All of these things lose most, or all, of their functionality when starved of power. By close mic'ing, or attaching piezos, I have amplified the accidental sounds of the switches, sliders, clips, cases, and textures of the objects, and have presented familiar items in an unfamiliar way. Recorded on...
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Topics: electronic, lower case, experimental, magnified sounds, linear obsessional
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by Richard Sanderson
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"Air Buttons" is an album of improvisations for melodeon and electronics. Download includes a PDF booklet of notes and images. Richard Sanderson- Melodeon, Footpedals ElectronIcs, Wind-Up Gramophone, Contact Microphone, Field Recordings. These pieces were recorded at home in Hither Green, usually on Friday afternoons when the housework was done and before the kids came back from school. As with my previous album of melodeon improvisations the instrument was recorded in three different...
Topics: melodeon, button accordion, experimental, improvisation, free improvisation, Linear Obsessional,...
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by Ivor Kallin
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"A Goose is a Horse" finds Scottish improviser Ivor Kallin using field recordings as a basis for vocal improvisations. These range from an extended raga-like vocal workout to the surprisingly hypnotic strains of a concrete pumper, to a lilting tune on the Cal Mac Ferry, and a bizarre rant on the London Underground by his pseudonymous poetic creation Ambrosia Rasputin. Release includes PDF booklet of notes and images. Cover photograph by Rob Anderman. _________________ Ivor Kallin -...
Topics: vocal, experimental, scottish, avant garde, harmonium, improv, free improvisation, Ivor Kallin
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by Tick Tick
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This is the first release in Linear Obsessional's "RetroLinear" series- bringing attention to missed opportunities and lost leads from the past. This EP by the Teesside post punk band Tick Tick was recorded at Guardian Studios in County Durham in June 1980, "My Swelling Heart" was intended to be released as a follow up to the band's 12" EP "The Immortalisation of Tick Tick" by the expanded, more dynamic version of the band, but never got out of the can....
Topics: post-punk, teesside, middlesbrough, 1980, Linear Obsessional
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by Marsh and May
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this collection of edited improvisations by Peter Marsh and Paul May. Exquisitely recorded with an unusual and fascinating use of field recordings "Falling, More Slowly" is an intricately structured and rather beautiful collection... credits released 07 June 2013 Composed and decomposed by Peter Marsh and Paul May. Paul May - drums etc Peter Marsh - other instruments, field recordings, computer Drum recordings by Jon Clayton at One Cat Other...
Topics: improv, experimental, field recordings, Paul May, Peter Marsh, Linear Obsessional
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by Clive Pearman
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For the last release of 2012, Linear Obsessional presents a scintillating and propulsive collection of electric guitar instrumentals by London guitarist Clive Pearman (accompanied by Mark Braby on drums). Rhythmic and sometimes raucous, this release features hard rock dynamics harnessed to very different ends... The music for this EP was originally improvised by Clive & Mark in three sessions in January & February 2012; with Clive editing and adding post-production in the autumn....
Topics: guitar, post-rock, avant-rock, drums, London, Clive Pearman, Linear Obsessional, Mark Braby
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by David Vélez
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Linear Obsessional is proud to release this extraordinary piece of sound art by the Colombian composer and installation artist David Vélez. "Unaware" is a long scale piece exploring the effects of low frequencies, and is intended to be played through loud speakers. The piece effectively "plays" your listening environment. "More than any piece I have ever composed, the space where this composition is projected and the objects found in there, become instrumental in the...
Topics: sound art, colombia, David Velez, noise, sub-bass, Linear Obsessional
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by Far Rainbow
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Far Rainbow create vast neo-psychedelic slabs of gradually developing sound. "Somewhere Out There Was The Wave" is their first CD release (following an acclaimed series of cassettes on Zero Wave) and perhaps their darkest and purest release so far- a single expanding piece created from murky drones and loops and ominous percussion, the work has enormous dynamic control and intensity that sustains interest for its full duration. credits released December 10, 2016  "Somewhere Out...
Topics: drone, noise, drums, electronics, improvisation, Far Rainbow, Linear Obsessional
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by Mark Browne
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British sound artist, saxophonist and noise maker Mark Browne follows up his 2012 album "Malapert and Erratic" with this EP- featuring improvisations on percussion, bowed guitar, thigh bone and saxophone recorded on the evening of the 7th December 2013. "The Prejudices Of History" Or as I remain pleased with part 1, "Malapert and Erratic part 2" Over the years I have become increasingly aware of what I do as a musician and the need to at least appear to conform to...
Topics: free improvisation, thigh bone, experimental, saxophone, percussion, Mark Browne, Linear Obsessional
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by Sue Lynch
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this concise and scintillating EP by the British improvising saxophonist Sue Lynch. Featuring some of the leading musicians from the London improvised music scene. "“These Lamps” CD, results from a series of collaborations with musicians since2012, whilst running The Horse Improvised Music Club. The Exception to this is Louise McFadden (who I have known since the 1980s) of B-Shops for the Poor and co/founder, vocalist sax player of The Remote...
Topics: free improvisation, saxophone, flute, Sue Lynch, Linear Obsessional
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by General Practice
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Booklet to accompany General Practice "at Whelan's"
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by Mark Browne
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"Malapert and Erratic" Or "a peculiar use of language" (Notes taken from PDF booklet available with download) Current Obsessions When approached to put together a release for Linear Obsessional I initially considered providing a long structured solo soprano saxophone piece. This would have excluded the greater part of my current activity and interest. In particular my aspiration to remove performance completely and publish little instructions on the re-creation and...
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Topics: Experimental, noise, improvisation, free improv, saxophone, guitar, field recordings, percussion,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by The Original Beekeepers
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Download includes PDF booklet of sleevenotes, photographs and full credits. Music for Barges Released Version - Part one: 1. It'll All Come Out In The Wash 2. Flow 3. Music For Barges 4. A Place To Stay Part two: 5. Dramatic Dulcimer 6. Tipperary 7. City Lights 8. Painting The Rococo Gardens 9. Bagpuss Bells 10. Rafine Hoshida (Old Lady Version) 11. Take Me To The Sea Part three: 12. Night Frogs 13. Row The Boat 1 14. Row The Boat 2 15. Take Your Time 16. Lead Me To The Sea Part Four 17. Memory...
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Topics: dreamy, pop, ambient, experimental, english, barges, drones, nostalgia, dulcimer, accordion
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Baby
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Recorded by a stretch of the A12, built in east London in the 1990s, 'Near Wanstonia' is an atmospheric journey, a distillation of a rich variety of sounds. Almost twenty years ago, large scale protests against the construction of the road were ignored and Wanstonia was one of several 'free states' set up by occupying environmental activists along the proposed route. The album, although at times resonant of sadness felt, is also a resilient, optimistic and an occasionally humorous expression of...
Topics: experiemental, improvised music, improv, field recording, A12, Wanstonia, road protest, East...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Longstone
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Linear Obsessional is very excited to release an astonishing new album from the improv/electronic group Longstone. risaikuru : a musical interpretation of two photographs taken in Miyagi prefecture, Japan April 2013. 1. ( Onagawa ) soil created from recycled tsunami rubble being used to help reconstruct the town. 2. ( Enoshima ) a tsunami tideline of scattered objects high up on the central hill of a tiny inhabited island . For Longstone's risaikuru project, each member of the group viewed and...
Topics: Longstone, electronic, improv, Japan, Linear Obsessional, piano frame, guitar, woodwind
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Steven Ball
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booklet to accompany  Steven Ball's "Subsongs"
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Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Jerome Poirier
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This short (thirteen minute) release is an attempt to deconstruct one of J.G Ballard's 'condensed novels' - "The Atrocity Exhibition", written in 1969. I created lists with specific rules (such as monosyllabic, French punctuation, or proper nouns), and graphic poetry using those lists. Then I read the graphic poems live with an electric bass plugged into an old guitar amplifier, and an acousmatic patch controlled with a laptop. I then divided the recording into ten tracks. -Jerome...
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Topics: bass, voice, computer, JG Ballard, text, poetry, experimental, noise
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Various Artists
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Please note - this is only the booklet for this release- to download the entire 87 track album please follow the link below. "Two Minutes Left"  A compilation of tracks all exactly two minutes long, and all using microphones somewhere in the process....  Please see the PDF booklet which comes with the download for full details and further information on all the tracks.  These 87 tracks were all sent to me in response to a call for works issued on the Linear Obsessional blog.  My...
Topics: improv, experimental, sound art, field recordings compilation
Linear Obsessional Recordings
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The viola improvisations are inspired by the classical Scottish pibroch bagpipe tradition, with the vocal canntaireachd, accompanying the melody, if you can call it that. In the style of George Benson or Tristan Honsinger, you might say. The recordings are live, either from Smoo Cave near Durness, or in my pre-decorated bedroom, I can't quite remember, but date from February 2012. -Ivor Kallin released 02 March 2012 Viola, Voice - Ivor Kallin Recorded February 2012 Cover Photograph by Rob...
Topics: viola, free improvisation, bagpipes, scottish, experimental
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Sam Fendrich
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Sam Fendrich (b. 1947, Novosibirsk, Siberia) is a composer who lives in London. Other interesting facts about Sam include that he spent a year as a professional poker player, that he composed 39 songs for "Humphrey The Bear", an Australian Children's TV programme, and that he has a deep interest in mathematical philosophy. When not composing, he teaches higher mathematics. For more about Sam Fendrich read the Baggage Reclaim Questionnaire- bagrec.livejournal.com/248973.html credits...
Topics: experimental, composition, piano, complexity
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Jérôme Poirier
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"The Seventh Tenant" is a piece by the French experimental musician Jérôme Poirier for viola and electric bass sextet in six movements. For further information please see jpoirier.weebly.com Jérôme Poirier's previous release on Linear Obsessional was "Deconstructed Notes Towards" Viola, Electric Bass Sextet, Recordings, Mix and Design by Jérôme Poirier in Paris
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Topics: electric bass, improv, experiemental, microtonal, avant garde, viola
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Richard Sanderson
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hitting a note of feedback and then bending it out of shape – the bellows opening like lungs before a dive– hums and faulty equipment - recorded in stolen moments 2013 to 2016 - working with the tonality, the physicality and the heritage- buttons pinging – air rushing – five minutes for Christopher Hitchens -copper reeds bending – staring at an astronomical chart to empty mind whilst working out a sound– tracks 2 and 5 recorded live at Hundred Years by Graham MacKeachan, – “the...
Topics: melodeon, improvisation, experiemental, squeezebox, button accordion, accordion, Richard Sanderson,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Chris Whitehead
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this new release fromChris Whitehead - A CD of sounds to be played to metal plants, with an accompanying detailed PDF guide... This CD was released simultaneously with Mark Browne's "The Prejudices of History" - with which it shares some concerns. "Since the Industrial Revolution the soil in Britain has changed considerably in its formulation. Where once it almost exclusively consisted of organic matter, it is now likely to hold high...
Topics: documentary, botany, field recording, experimental. chris whitehead, Linear Obsessional, drone,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Lost Robots
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"Arms" is the long awaited second studio album by the London avant-rock quartet Lost Robots, the follow up to "No" released by Orchestra Pit Recordings. This has a more cohesive feel, as there's less instrument swapping and more definite "band-feel". The usual influences are noticeable - early Can, This Heat, "Hex" period Fall and Italian Gallo soundtracks. Vocals are tackled by Richard Sanderson and Mark Braby and each includes a spoken word piece with...
Topics: post-punk, avant-rock, London, Linear Obsessional, improvisation
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Browne/Thompson/Sanderson
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Linear Obsessional Recordings releases the second album by prosaically named improvising trio Browne/Thompson/Sanderson. Like the first album this was recorded in the sonically vivid surroundings of a Girl Guides's Hut in Aylesbury Browne's home town.  Where the first album was a document of the trio's very first meeting, this album comes after a whole series of gigs played by the trio, and shows how they have learnt to work together and find their own language.  Browne and Sanderson have...
Topics: free improvisation, guitar, saxophone, percussion, melodeon, Linear Obsessional, UK
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Colin Webster and Graham Dunning
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Linear Obsessional Recordings are excited to present this extraordinary duo- featuring textural recordings of extended technique saxophone and turntable with specially recorded dubplates. "Estigate" is a thrillingly original recording. Colin Webster: Tenor and baritone saxophones Graham Dunning: Turntable, mixer and dubplates. Recorded on 12th January and 15th August 2012 in a storage facility in South London. All tracks recorded live. No overdubs or cuts. Download includes PDF...
Topics: free improv, improvisation, saxophone, turntables, dubplates, linear obsessional, graham dunning,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Chris Whitehead
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"South Gare is at the southern side of the entrance to the River Tees and is a man made area of reclaimed land constructed largely out of blast furnace slag and concrete.The skyline is dominated by industry, notably the huge Redcar Steelworks, yet the Gare is popular with birdwatchers and walkers. It is an interface where two worlds meet and overlap. There are many layers of resonance.A fascinating place from which to glean sonic raw material." -Chris Whitehead All sounds recorded...
Topics: field recording, phonography, experimental, Teesside, Tees, UK
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Marsh and May
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this collection of edited improvisations by Peter Marsh and Paul May. Exquisitely recorded with an unusual and fascinating use of field recordings "Falling, More Slowly" is an intricately structured and rather beautiful collection... Composed and decomposed by Peter Marsh and Paul May. Paul May - drums etc Peter Marsh - other instruments, field recordings, computer Drum recordings by Jon Clayton at One Cat Other recordings made on location in...
Topics: double bass, cello, dobro, drums, percussion, improv, free improv, experimental, UK, Peter Marsh,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Various Artists
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Linear Obsessional is proud to release this compilation of pieces that almost accidently refer to the demise of the once great steel making tradition on Teesside, in theNorth East of England.  "The Black Path" was an exhibition held at the House of Blah Blah in Middlesbrough in January 2016. This CD is a recording of sounds, music and poetry from that exhibition.  The download includes a 24 page PDF booklet of notes, photographs from the exhibition, and an essay by Alistair Nixon....
Topics: Teesside, Middlesbrough, Linear Obsessional, Soiled, Warped Frequencies, Ammonites, Chris...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Dave Clarkson
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PDF booklet to accompany Dave Clarkson's release "A Pocket Guide to Subterranea"
Topics: caves, field recordings, sonic geography, psychogeography
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Dirch Blewn
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Dirch Blewn is the project of musician David Bloor. He records and performs the instruments of Peter Blasser. Recorded live with a few overdubs this music is the sound of capacitors charging and dissipating, of gesture with no finesse, of fish guts and physical connection with wires. Flexing wood and the smell of tung oil. It’s about the drum of Tommy Lee added to some drama from Pamela, the heady mix of surfboards and silicon. The remnants of squeezing jelly ass signal into 8 bits and...
Topics: electronics, improvisation, experimental, new instruments, Dirch Blewn, Peter Blasser
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Kev Hopper
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Linear Obsessional is very excited to present a new album of electronic music from Kev Hopper (Stump, Ticklish, Prescott) created entirely with self-designed virtual machines. "Tonka Beano" is a delightful exploration of unique sounds, textures and rhythms - a bubbling, effervescent concoction where each track seems to tell a story- sometimes light, sometimes dark, but all within the recognisable sonic spaces that Hopper has made his own. The download comes with a PDF booklet with...
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Topics: electronic, stump, ticklish, abstract, filmic, kev hopper, linear obsessional, acousmatic, reaktor,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Stephen Shiel
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booklet to accompany Stephen Shiel's Linear Obsessional release.
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Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Paul H. Muller
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to present a collection of minimalist slow motion "ambient" works by the Californian composer Paul H. Muller. Despite the similarity of approach on all the tracks, this collection demonstrates the variety that Paul achieves, from the almost Wagner like chords of "Water Receding" to the submerging choir of "Bathyscape". This edition comes with 6 PDF files of composer's notes and scores. NOTES BY THE COMPOSER How These Pieces Are...
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Topics: california, composition, minimalist, drone, ambient, experimental
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Jerome Poirier, Paul H. Muller, skitter and Bagrec
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On this EP four sound artists and composers in four parts of the world (Paris, California, Glasgow, London) get to grips with the Linear Obsessional back catalogue to produce four unique tracks using only material already released- re-edited, mutilated, stretched, shrunk, crushed, atomised and layered. Produced by Richard Sanderson. 1. "3x10" by Jerome Poirier 2. "Three Sets of Words" by Paul H. Muller 3. "Endings" by skitter 4. "The Anxiety in the Eyes of the...
Topics: noise, remix, collage, drone, experimental, netlabel, creative commons
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Weatherglass
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Download comes with accompanying PDF booklet "Much of the music on Contractions for Ophelia was used as background to the birth of Weatherglass's grand-daughter, hence the title. All the music originated on acoustic instruments, including plucked and bowed acoustic guitar, lapsteel guitar, harmonium, accordion, dulcimer and found objects. Cornwall and Sykes Reservoir feature as special environmental guests, and vocals were supplied by various waterfowl and a budgie." - Weatherglass...
Topics: Experimental, drone, ambient, acoustic, guitar, lapsteel, dulcimer, accordion, field recordings,...
Linear Obsessional Recordings
by Mike Cooper and Yan-Chiu Leung
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Linear Obsessional is delighted to release this exciting collaboration between the great British maverick slide guitarist Mike Cooper and the Chinese Sheng virtuoso Yan-Chiu Leung.  "We had never met each other before this concert. We had exchanged a few mp3s to give each other an idea of what musical oceans we both float in and then attempted to navigate our way together by free improvisation toward some distant shore. I think we arrived at a beautiful island together finally. We hope...
Topics: mike cooper, linear obsessional, hong kong, free improv, experimental